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Raberg, Bruno

Raberg, Bruno, bass player, composer; b. Karlstad, Sweden, 13 July 1954. His father is Ingemar Raberg (b. 1920), and his mother was Marta Raberg (1920-1997). His sisters are Gunilla Rydberg (b. 1947) and Gudrun Raberg-Wilhelmsson (b. 1949).

Bruno hails from Sweden where he grew up with the folk music of Scandinavia as well as contemporary Afro-American musical styles. He started performing very young and at age 20 he joined Swedish trombone virtuoso Eje Thelin's group. During his four-year stint with this band he played all the major festivals in Europe as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival in the U.S. He also appeared on numerous recordings, radio and TV broadcasts and performed with well renowned jazz artists such as Bobo Stenson, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Dauner, Zpigniew Seifert, Eje Thelin and Monica Zetterlund. The album "Eje Thelin Group" won the Golden Record Award.
In 1981 he came to study at the New England Conservatory on a scholarship and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance. Raberg has been an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music since 1986, and also gives clinics while touring in Europe and Latin America. Being a sought after bassist on both continents he has performed and/or recorded with numerous internationally known jazz artists such as: Sam Rivers, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown, Kennwood Dennard, John Medeski, Billy Pierce, Dick Oats, Bruce Barth, Yoron Israel and Bob Mintzer to name a few. He toured with Mika Pohjola Delta Trio in Japan as well as in Scandinavia performing at Allandia Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Nord Kalott Jazz & Blues Festival, Lysekil Jazz Festival, Pitea Music Festival. He also took his trio "Presence" on a two-week tour of Norway and Sweden.

Selected recordings:
Pentimento (1992); Orbis (1998); Presence (2000); Ascensio (2003)
Selected recordings as sideperson:
Eje Thelin Group: Eje Thelin Group (1974), Lje Thelin Group Live (1976); Egba with Ulf Adakerj: Omen (1980); Matt Glaser: Play Fiddle Play (1990); Bibi Black: My Spirituals (1993); Goran Klinghagen: Time Again (1994); Corpo: Corpo (1995), Corpo Live (1996); Mika Pohjola Trio with Mick Goodrick: Myths and Believes (1996); Andre Fernandez: Changes (1997); Orange Then Blue with John LaPorta: Orange Then Blue (1997); Jonny Johansson with George Garzone: Boston Tea Party (1999); Corpo: Alma (2000); Lars Erik Norrstrom Trio: Idag (2000); Ben Adams: The Figured Wheel (2000); Ralph Rosen with Billy Pierce: Ralph Rosen Quartet (2002); Lars-Erik Norrstrom Trio: Vogel (2003)

BassPlayer Magazine (US)
JazzReview (US)
Boston Globe (US)
Boston Herald (US)
Nordstjernan (US)
Nya Wermlandtidningen (Sweden)
MusicBoom (Italy)

1993-98    Swedish Arts Council                   
1996    Nordic Arts Council                          
1993    Swedish Artist Foundation                            
1988    National Endowment for the Arts,  "Meet the Composer"   
1983    New England Conservatory,  "Honors Scholarship Ensemble"        
1974-80   Swedish Arts Council                                
1974    Golden Record Award,  "Eje Thelin Group",  Orkester Journalen

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